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  • Bette Davis as Queen Elizabeth I wearing a rose gown in the 1955 film "The Virgin Queen."
    • Twentieth Century Studios

    The Virgin Queen

    1955

    Costume seen on Bette Davis as Queen Elizabeth I

  • Janine Grandel as Madame Bonnet wearing a rose gown in the 1963 film "Take Her, She's Mine."
    • Twentieth Century Studios

    Take Her, She's Mine

    1963

    Costume seen on Janine Grandel as Madame Bonnet

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About the Costume

Charles LeMaire and Mary Wills designed this distinctive red gown for Bette Davis in her second turn as Queen Elizabeth I in the 1955 film The Virgin Queen. The dress is so identifiable that it is nearly impossible to miss in the 1963 Take Her, She’s Mine when Janine Grandel donned it as Madame Bonnet during a costume party, at which many other reused costumes from Fox’s wardrobe were utilized.

The costume was likely purchased by Debbie Reynolds at the Twentieth Century Fox (now Twentieth Century Studios) auction of 1971, and it was one of the pieces she auctioned off during a series of three Hollywood memorabilia auctions between 2011 and 2014.

The gown was described in the auction catalog as:

Elaborate rose-colored silk period gown with lace accents at collar and cuffs. Handwritten label “A744” 2 # 04 Bette Davis.

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About the Costume

Charles LeMaire and Mary Wills designed this distinctive red gown for Bette Davis in her second turn as Queen Elizabeth I in the 1955 film The Virgin Queen. The dress is so identifiable that it is nearly impossible to miss in the 1963 Take Her, She’s Mine when Janine Grandel donned it as Madame Bonnet during a costume party, at which many other reused costumes from Fox’s wardrobe were utilized.

The costume was likely purchased by Debbie Reynolds at the Twentieth Century Fox (now Twentieth Century Studios) auction of 1971, and it was one of the pieces she auctioned off during a series of three Hollywood memorabilia auctions between 2011 and 2014.

The gown was described in the auction catalog as:

Elaborate rose-colored silk period gown with lace accents at collar and cuffs. Handwritten label “A744” 2 # 04 Bette Davis.

Charles LeMaire and Mary Wills designed this distinctive red gown for Bette Davis in her second turn as Queen Elizabeth I in the 1955 film The Virgin Queen. The dress is so identifiable that it is nearly impossible to miss in the 1963 Take Her, She’s Mine when Janine Grandel donned it as Madame Bonnet during a costume party, at which many other reused costumes from Fox’s wardrobe were utilized.

The costume was likely purchased by Debbie Reynolds at the Twentieth Century Fox (now Twentieth Century Studios) auction of 1971, and it was one of the pieces she auctioned off during a series of three Hollywood memorabilia auctions between 2011 and 2014.

The gown was described in the auction catalog as:

Elaborate rose-colored silk period gown with lace accents at collar and cuffs. Handwritten label “A744” 2 # 04 Bette Davis.

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Credits

Sighting Credit:
  • Katie S.
Costume Designer:
  • Charles LeMaire
  • Mary Wills

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